JUDITH1654's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUDITH1654 JUDITH1654's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ June 15 - Car and Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945979 Tried to run my car at highway speed for the fifteen minutes my mechanic suggested and since I don't have A/C in my car, I preferred driving at night, plus the traffic would be less to contend with. Wouldn't you know it! I got lost! On a highway I've driven a million times to visit my daughter and grandson in Oklahoma, because it was dark and with the new construction, didn't see any signs specifying directions, so I ended up merging onto the wrong highway! That was scary. <BR> <BR> As... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:03:48 EST June 9 - Didn't pass inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942323 Apparently, because I only drive about four miles a day, the evap and catalys valves aren't able to process the eliminating gasses properly, which is why my car keeps failing inspection. So, I have been told to run my car for about fifteen minutes at highway speed to "clean out the systems", which hopefully, will allow the car to finally pass inspection. <BR> <BR> When I drove to Oklahoma every couple of months to visit my daughter and grandson, that did the trick with the three hour drive.... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:56:59 EST June 5 - Car Inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940168 So I'm without a car today. I had to cancel my other appointments for today in order to get my mechanic to get the "check engine" light off before my car would pass inspection. And being in the fifth day of grace, I just had no choice. <BR> <BR> I almost waited till my next day off (Tuesday) BUT can't afford a ticket at this point. About five weeks ago, I got cited for "running a stop sign" - when actually, I just didn't make what the officer considered a "complete" stop (was running late... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:16:16 EST June 3 - Lost Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939313 One of my cats died yesterday. He'd been staying under my bed for several days so knew something wasn't right, but we couldn't get him to come out from under it. I tried giving him food and water but he wasn't interested. Because I have concrete floors, I couldn't get down on my knees to get a look at him. When my son finally looked at him after work, the cat (Larry) was dead. Now, Moe is the only one left of the Stooge brothers, (Larry, Curly, Moe, Joe and Shimp). We buried him last n... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:39:49 EST June 1 - Rain & Fence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938148 We're supposed to have five straight days WITHOUT rain! (Apparently, we have broken a record of inches of rainfall since 1907.) That will hopefully give the ground a chance to dry out, which we need if my son is going to mow the backyard before the back fence is replaced. That should be done in six weeks and because of the Husky, we are going with an eight foot fence. Can't wait! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 22:44:08 EST May 22 - Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932764 My knee goes out on me every now and then but usually, it's okay within a couple of days. Not happening this time and I have already had to lose one day of work this week - I would hate to call in for tomorrow, but I can't stand, let alone walk on this bum knee when I have to use a cane just to get around the house. It's very annoying. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> It's also preventing me from keeping up with my walking when I was starting to do so on a regular basis. I had actually lost thre... Fri, 22 May 2015 22:49:05 EST May 15 - Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928637 Have had a lot of it - almost 10", which is the most rain we've had since 2002! It's nice the draught is over but sure makes it hard to mow! LOL <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:23:13 EST April 9 - Medical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908625 The mole the doctor was supposed to freeze off didn't take very well. Only some of it has come off so I have to go back and have him re-do it. I didn't have this problem the first time he did it but what is really strange is that he won't do it in the morning! Only the afternoon. Weird. <BR> <BR> I also have to go back to the dentist. The bridge he put in has been hurting since the 31st and I don't remember my other bridge hurting like this. I'm having to pop Advil daily to manage t... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:45:18 EST April 7 - Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907397 Got to visit with my daughter and grandson today and it was wonderful to see them! They'll be returning to San Antonio in a couple of days but was so glad for the chance to see them on my day off. So it's back to work tomorrow!! Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:29:03 EST April 5 - HAPPY EASTER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905888 Or rather I should say, Happy Resurrection Day. Target is actually closed today so I will be busy getting things done around the house. Plus, it's just nice to have an actual Sunday off and the only time I usually get to be off on a Sunday. <BR> <BR> My daughter and grandson will be in town this week, so I have a basket ready for my grandson and will spend part of the day with them after I've gone to the lab for a bunch of lab work tomorrow. The doctor said I have to fast for eight hour... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:40:43 EST March 16 - Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894033 Even though Spring is officially a few days away, judging by the leaves finally blossoming on the trees, I would say it's already here! LOL <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I go for bridgework FINALLY! Have been putting this off for almost a year, but now that I have qualified for insurance coverage again at work, it can finally get done. <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:46:44 EST March 5 - Almost a record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887754 Texas had the 4th largest recorded snowfall - 4 inches! While that isn't a lot to most northern states, it's a lot for us. The last recorded snowfall that was more was in 1947! <BR> <BR> Even though the sun came out today (thankfully) and melted the majority of the snow and ice, there are still areas that weren't touched due to too much shade. But with the temperatures heading for the low 60's this weekend, it will be gone in no time. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:47:58 EST February 27 - Last of Winter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883747 Unusually, we only get ice every year and that usually only happens two times a year....maybe. This year, we've actually gotten SNOW <em>425</em> three or four times this year. Weird....but pretty. Thank goodness it is only a few times a year and only lasts a few days. I couldn't handle month after month of several feet worth of snow. I guess it's something you get used to but two or three days and I'm ready to see the sun...and some warmth. <BR> <BR> Texas may have strange weather bu... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:28:43 EST February 10 - Car results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873491 So the bill for repairing my car was just under $2,000 - about the Blue Book value. Plus, I was told there were some other issues that would need looking into before long. Since I barely put 3,000 miles a year on my car, I will strongly consider leasing if that need arises. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:41:27 EST January 22 - It's worse than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861147 Car repairs are going to be so high, it surpasses the value of the car. At this point, I need to just replace it, but with my credit plummeting over the past few years, it's probably not possible. My mom has offered to pay for the repairs but that's a LOT of money. <BR> <BR> Just not sure what is the best direction to go. <em>540</em> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:44:58 EST January 20 - It's not good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859074 After getting my oil changed in the car, I was told the serpentine (?) belt is about to crack which will cause the car to lose, at the very least, the power steering...not to mention not safe to drive. I was also told I have a major oil leak, which will double the repair bill. (sigh) <BR> <BR> Always something, but then again, the car IS 14 years old! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:18:35 EST January 19 - Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858201 Time for a new one!!! It heated up on me as I was taking the Husky to get her shots and without a cell phone, it definitely made me nervous. I really need the car to last another year. Just don't know. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:41:13 EST January 16 - Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855658 I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their happy birthday wishes. Hard to believe another year has gone by, but it has. I'm at the point where I celebrate the anniversary of my 30th year. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My son-in-law finally made it back from his overseas tour of duty the first week in December and my daughter has had her hands full with purging to get ready for the move back to Texas, my grandson's birthday (which is the week before Christmas), then the holidays, a... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:29:22 EST January 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843490 WISHING EVERYONE A VERY, VERY HAPPY, SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR!!!! <em>409</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>107</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:18:35 EST December 25 - MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838378 WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY SAFE AND MEMORABLE HOLIDAY SEASON!!! <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 12:46:06 EST December 19 - Merry Christmas!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835418 People say things don't last but my stove top of 37 1/2 years finally bit the dust! LOL Actually, it was just the front burner, which can easily be replaced. The large back burner hasn't worked in over ten years but we didn't really use it much anyway. Odd how the one seldom used quit working YEARS before the one that was used almost daily. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today is my grandson's (and a niece's) birthday. Conner turned 5 years old today! Hard to believe so much time has already passed... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:51:28 EST December 9 - Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830498 Work called me today to tell me they were cancelling my hours for Thursday. That's fine. As long as I can maintain my 32 hours average to qualify for insurance next spring, that's all I care about. I can always add some vacation hours if need be. <BR> <BR> Besides, with my daughter and grandson coming into town next week, I have plenty to do before they arrive. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:35:16 EST December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826153 I survived Black Friday, but as a neighbor of mine is fond of saying, "my tired is hanging out". It's going to take a few days to completely get caught up on sleep/rest. Working twelve to thirteen hours straight is hard on an old lady! LOL <em>40</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 01:21:36 EST November 21 - Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820589 Just realized I haven't blogged in over a month - not that much going....which is nice for a change. <em>334</em> So thought I would just drop a "hello" and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. (Think of me when I am working on Black Friday!!) <em>40</em> I work from 5:45 pm on Thanksgiving afternoon to 6 am the next morning. But it's better than doing a split-shift and being there till close on Friday night! Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:59 EST HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808068 Hoping everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!!! <em>275</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:39:21 EST October 2 - A Nice Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791343 Received fresh cut flowers - 18 long-stemmed roses (multi-colors) from my sister for no reason! She had a credit with the company and decided to use it to send me flowers, especially since she knew I had been under the weather for the past three weeks. <BR> <BR> I was totally blown away and called her immediately to thank her. Knowing my schedule, she knew when I would be home to receive them so they wouldn't stay outside for long. It also came with a beautiful square vase. Really beau... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:35:04 EST September 22 - Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785021 This time of year is really bad - ragweed - and can't wait till we get a freeze so I can breath normally again. I've coughed and hacked so much that my voice is almost gone. <em>24</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:04:43 EST September 6 - Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774235 Does anyone else arrange their spark friends in alphabetical order on their spark page....or am I the only weirdo? <em>334</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:26:34 EST August 30 - Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770167 Had to have root canal Thursday on my day off. Thursday night, a filling fell out when I was flossing...just in time for the dentist's office to be closed for the next three days! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I go back Tuesday for the root canal to be finished but in the meantime, I am popping Advil to keep the majority of the pain away, though it never goes away completely. The prescription Ibuprofen wasn't doing much, so thought I'd try the Advil, which has always worked in the past. A... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:26:45 EST August 6 - Update on Youngevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754293 It's only been about a week but so far, my glucose readings are not only staying low but continue to drop. The Sweeteze that I have been taking (part of Youngevity) seems to be working, but of course, I will get a doctor's confirmation next month before changing any of my meds. Removing ALL wheat and oats plus any oils from my diet has been extremely beneficial as they interfere with the Youngevity working 100%. We were NOT meant to eat wheat and oats as they actually remove necessary nutr... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:47:27 EST July 30 - Youngevity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750050 So I've been on this Youngevity for about three weeks now and it has been amazing! It's helping to balance out my diabetes to where I don't get the sweats and the shakes mid-morning anymore, feeling is coming back to my leg and fingers, I'm sleeping better than ever AND I can actually do squats now! <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Additionally, my feet aren't anywhere near so dry and cracked as the EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) have replaced all the nutrients we no longer get in our food due to t... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:09:28 EST July 13 - Bunco win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738091 Have you seen the infomercial that advertises the "apple" cutter that's big enough to cut a watermelon? Well, that's what I won at Bunco. LOL <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> But where to keep it???? <em>40</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:07:06 EST July 10 - Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736063 ....that's something I'm trying to work on as far as exercising goes. Last night, after work and feeding the cats, I mowed the front, as tired as I was, but was glad I did. With three days off, I wanted to have the mowing behind me to focus on other projects. And as much as I hate going to the rec center, I made myself work out first thing this morning after running a couple of errands. As always, glad I did. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I have the dietician class in early evening so hope to get... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:48:53 EST July 9 - Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735550 I have the next three days off and looking forward to it! Though it will be busy - doctor, car repair, dietician classes, garage to clean, papers to organize, kitchen to paint, etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Getting ready to mow the yard tonight so I can enjoy the next three days and tend to things that always seem to get put on the back burner. <em>40</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:09:08 EST July 8 - Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734842 The indicator light has come on again so I will have to take the car back in next week to be serviced. (sigh) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:45:05 EST July 3 - Good News Re: car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731315 It's rare, but sometimes, you actually get good news regarding car repair. <BR> <BR> My "check engine light" (it's actually called 'malfunction indicator light'), was staying on the last couple of days. My thoughts was "great - another expense I can't afford". But I took it to my reliable car mechanic who's always been very trustworthy and within an hour, they were picking me up to get my car! Apparently, there was just some "vapors" affecting the EPA (ugh) issues so they took care of... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:35:00 EST June 28 - Red cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727931 FINALLY got two red cards today. For those who don't know what that is, it is a debit and/or credit card from Target, and while the cashiers don't really get anything for it, the number of red cards we sign up does reflect on our annual review. The two red cards I got today were the first ones since the 16th - so almost two weeks without getting a red card - doesn't help my average. <BR> <BR> Oh, well! <em>40</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:15:22 EST June 25 - Always ask questions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725571 In making arrangements to get my property taxes caught up, I had inserted a couple of questions with the contract, asking why the monthly payment was almost $800 more than what I owe. They called me this morning and adjusted the amount, which will save me $50 a month - that's almost my water bill. <BR> <BR> I feel really good about the result and am so glad I didn't just accept their payment plan without question. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Never be afraid to question!!! Companies are run... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:22:20 EST June 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722439 Got called into work - upper management was freaking out because some big-wigs were showing up. So they called just about everyone to come in on their day off. In fact, they were freaking out so much, they were willing to pay overtime - unheard of!!! <BR> <BR> The annoying part was the supervisor who is a control freak was on duty and she lost no opportunities to dig into anyone to exert her power over everyone. It was so disgusting and sad at the same time. The "little dictator" has t... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:48:04 EST June 18 - Sami http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720987 My son took Sami (the three-legged Pomeranian) to the Humane Society this afternoon and had her put down. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let him bring her home to bury alongside our other pets. Oh, well. At least she is now out of her misery. I was up since 4 am trying to help her, feeling frustrated because I knew she was in pain. It was hard but thankfully, my son took care of it for me cause he knows it is a hard thing for me to do. <BR> <BR> She was about twelve years old when we too... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:36:47 EST June 17 - Pomeranian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720183 The 12 year old Pomeranian we adopted from a neighbor about three years ago is on her last legs. She can barely get up and does nothing but let out a howl or a scream all night long. It kills me that I don't have the ability to take her to the vet and just have her put down. <BR> <BR> She's such a cutie! Never yipped like so many small dogs. I almost wish she would go soon so she is no longer in misery. Still, I cry about it. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:52:38 EST June 13 - Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717485 Am working the next six days straight! I'll be tired but appreciate the hours. The only problem is although I'll have two days in a row off (INCLUDING a Saturday!!!, which is rare), I'll probably sleep most of the first day instead of getting any work done. And I REALLY need to get the rest of my kitchen painted. <BR> <BR> Also, I spoke with my supervisor about getting a REGULAR schedule so I can get into an exercise routine and she agreed. But the system wouldn't let me in to change my ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:12:13 EST June 10 - New doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716034 FINALLY got in to see the new doctor and he's prescribed an alternative medication to the one that was making me so deathly ill. However, I also learned that the other two medicines he wants me to continue WILL make me nauseous, so guess there's no escaping that. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:35:44 EST June 9 - Wind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714434 We had some winds last night. Nothing major - we've certainly had worse. So imagine my surprise when I walked outside on my way to work and saw about 1/4 of my neighbor's tree on top of my son's car! An entire limb, no less. <BR> <BR> Been warning about that tree for years now, saying one day, it was going to fall on my son's car. It's one of those shallow-rooted maple-type trees, which I hate. What gets me, is the neighbor has her grandsons over frequently to trim the trees in back but... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:07:12 EST June 6 - Maybe some results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712272 I spent a LOT of time on the phone today - probably around four or five hours- trying to get a handle on the diabetes diet. I found a dietician at a nearby hospital that is conducting a quarterly class but she was very sweet and spent about fifteen minutes asking and answering questions as well as giving me some tips on what may be going wrong. Initially, she thinks that now that I've upped my exercise routine (which she fully approved of due to the variance), that I am possibly not eating ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 17:48:36 EST June 5 - Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711418 Was sick as a dog last night - thought I'd actually have to go to the ER it was so bad. This diabetes is really doing a number on me, even though I am keeping (for the most part) my carbs in line. In my case, when my glucose is out of whack, I get nauseous rather than the shakes. <BR> <BR> Hated to call in today and miss out on an eight-hour shift, especially since work has made a big deal about my calling in, even though I've only called in three times this year. I WOULD have seen the do... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:24:18 EST May 31 - Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707710 The meds the doctor gave me just made me feel really bad so I quit taking them a few days ago and haven't had any shakes or nausea since. It will be the 10th before I can get in to see the new doctor but that can't be helped. Sat, 31 May 2014 21:55:37 EST May 29 - Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706078 I made myself do it...as much as I hate exercising...I made myself go to the rec center and exercise: 35 minutes on the treadmill and another ten on resistance machines, mostly for my legs. My hands are still not back to full strength yet. Thu, 29 May 2014 13:34:17 EST May 26 - Happy Memorial Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703465 Isn't it sad that the majority of people don't seem to even know what this holiday is about??? <em>652</em> I saw one youtube type of interview where the people thought it had something to do with surfers that had died. Tragic. <BR> <BR> On a good note, work called me this morning and since they are over on payroll, asked me if I wanted to take the day off! Now let me think.... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So I will use the day to tackle some of those nagging "little" chores that I hav... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:08:12 EST May 25 - Just in time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703090 Got home from work about 6:30 and was tired but made myself mow the yard before the rain hit...which it's supposed to do all week. I no sooner put the mower in the garage and finished my shower than here came the rain! Talk about just in the nick of time!! Sun, 25 May 2014 21:59:16 EST